Update: Please note that 3.1.4 is an old release of WordPress. You can always download the latest version of the blogging software from the official website.
It seems that WordPress developers have a thing for releasing new versions of WordPress shortly before I'm going to bed. Whenever they do it means that I have to stay away to find out if it fixes security vulnerabilities. If it does, I update all of my blogs immediately. Instead of going to bed, I'm spending between one and two hours updating sites. Not that pleasant.
WordPress 3.1.4. has just been released and the developers refer to it as a security and maintenance upgrade. The new version fixes one known vulnerability that "could allow a malicious Editor-level user to gain further access to the site". If you are running a single author blog you are safe from this.
I'd still recommend to update the blog as soon as possible because of security hardening additions to the blogging platform.
The update is as usually available as a direct download, install and update from within the WordPress admin interface, and as a separate download from the official WordPress website. I have updated a total of five blogs so far - including Ghacks Technology News - and encountered no problems or issues after the update. While it may be to early to tell, it is relatively safe to say that the update won't break the blog.
WordPress admins who are interested in all changes in the WordPress 3.1.4 release find them listed on WordPress trac.
The developers have furthermore released the third and final release candidate of WordPress 3.2 which will be released in the near future. While I would not suggest to update a public blog to that version yet, it is clear that it won't be long until the final version is released. Likely again before my bedtime.
You find additional information about the features and changes in WordPress 3.2 on the official beta announcement post over at the WordPress website.
Have you updated your blogs yet? If so, have you encountered any issues with this update?
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